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Santorum: I'd love a head-to-head with Gingrich

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Rick Santorum just might get his wish to debate Newt Gingrich head-to-head again before the Iowa caucuses next month.

Santorum and Gingrich are currently the only confirmed participants in the Donald Trump-moderated debate on ION Television December 27. Two other candidates, Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry, have not yet decided if they will attend. Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul and Mitt Romney declined.

Santorum said he was excited about the possibility of the debate turning into a two-man show.

“I think it’s great,” Santorum said. “I’d love a head-to-head with Newt Gingrich. I’d like to head-to-head with anybody in the field. I think those are the best debates.”

In November, Santorum squared off against Gingrich in a Lincoln-Douglas style debate hosted by the Granite State Patriots Liberty PAC in New Hampshire. Santorum requested a second face-off with Gingrich in Iowa, but the Gingrich campaign declined.

Santorum said he wasn’t worried about the debate hurting his campaign.

“Well, you know, Newt and I are adults,” he said.

Trump – host of the reality TV Show The Apprentice - has faced heavy criticism from other candidates and political pundits for treating the presidential race like a game.

 “Donald Trump understands that this is a presidential election and his responsibility is not to be the center of attention, and I’m sure he’ll understand the seriousness of this and act accordingly.”

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